A week of making some varied discoveries

There’s a scene from the movie “Titanic” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet that came to mind for me this past week.

It’s near the end of the movie when Rose, Winslet’s character, has been rescued, and she’s on board the Carpathia. It’s raining a bit, and she looks up at the Statue of Liberty as the ship nears its destination, bringing the survivors and other passengers to shore.

Then it happens. She casually reaches into her coat pocket and from it she plucks this incredible necklace with the Heart of the Ocean diamond. Just some casual jewelry for daytime or nighttime ship travel, don’t you know.

She recognizes it, but she’s pretty surprised to find it in her possession.

I had the same pocket reaction this week with some similarities, some stark differences.

It wasn’t raining, I wasn’t on a ship, I hadn’t been rescued from anything, and there was no Statue of Liberty in sight.

But I did casually reach into the right pocket of my jeans and from it I plucked something that I recognized and, like Rose, was pretty surprised to find. It was a $5 bill! I couldn’t wear it, but I can surely spend it.

The monetary windfall would be one of several discoveries for me this past week.

Another discovery — or maybe more like a reminder — is how frighteningly annoying horseflies can be and how they are so very inconsiderate to boot.

Their timing stinks, too.

I wonder why it is that a horsefly waits until you’re riding to pay an unsolicited visit.

It’s pretty bad when you’re trotting along and hear what sounds like a B-52 bomber whizzing by your ear, then realize it’s one of those nasty horseflies coming in for a landing on your horse’s neck or belly or rump.

How very inconvenient that is. And scary.

Not the kind of giddyup you want on what’s supposed to be a pleasant, uneventful ride.

Just not a good thing.

Neither is a malfunctioning coffee pot, I’ve discovered.

This is a kitchen appliance that in no way is a luxury in our household but a dire necessity.

I bought a dual coffee maker less than two years ago, one of those models that on one side is a regular pot you can make and on the other side, a single-brew option if you just want a quick cup.

When I bought it, I said I’d only use the single-brew side occasionally.

That was a big fat caffeinated lie.

I’ve used it so much it’s exhausted, brewing now at the speed of congressional action before the digital message “needle” appears.


I’m making coffee, not sewing.

I guess the message means something needs to be cleaned, so I gave it my best shot, but the results are leaving me with dangerously low caffeine levels. That’s not a good thing for anyone, you would be inclined to discover if you were around me under such circumstances.

So it looks as if a new coffee pot purchase is in my future.

But I’ll need to try on some more jeans first. I’ll need to discover some more $5 bills.

(Kiaski, a resident of Richmond, is a staff columnist and community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com.)


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